Meet Lucy, the 14 year old (she’s 15 now) who took on the UK’s supermarket giants about their animal welfare - and won. She realised that while Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Marks & Spencers had stopped selling caged eggs years ago, the other big supermarkets hadn’t followed suit.
Starting with a petition aimed directly at Tesco’s buyer responsible for eggs, Lucy gained over 275,000 supporters and she soon got her first victory with Tesco agreeing to phase out eggs from caged hens. After this success, Lucy set her sights on Asda and Morrisons - who soon followed Tesco’s lead - and Lucy gained a further 185,000 signatures! (She’s the only campaigner to enter the top 10 biggest petitions of 2016 twice!)
But she hasn’t stopped there. Lucy is building a movement and is now working to ban caged hen farming in the UK by petitioning the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural affairs, Andrea Leadsom MP as well as trying to stop the construction of a new industrial chicken farm being built in Staffordshire.
Lucy said: "when I started my petition I didn't think anyone would listen because I was only 14. Back in January I was doing regular 14 year old stuff, thanks to my signers my life is so different now. This experience has showed me that anyone has the power to make change."